[I'm using my old fav' minimalist word processor, Q10, to type this. It's not perfect, but it's the best I've been able to find. Anyway, if the formatting on this post is messed up, that's why.]
Not too much blogging recently and that’s because there’s not too much going on. We just started Week 6 of our 12-week semester, so right in the thick of things. My classes are all going fine.
I’m really enjoying our school’s new gym and I’ve been hitting it pretty hard. Between last Sunday and this past Saturday I worked out three times for a total of 2,268 calories. Then this past Sunday (yesterday) I worked out for two hours and burned 1,122 calories. All cardio stuff. I know I should do some strength training, but I like the cardio too much. Also, I shipped my rowing machine from the U.S. to Vietnam when I was home in June, and that will be here in the next couple of weeks. (I shipped by boat so it was cheap but takes a long time – about 40 days.) That’s one reason I’ve been working out so much – to get in cardio shape so I’ll be ready to hit the rowing machine hard once it gets here.
Thao continues to do great. We’re in Week 19 now, so almost halfway there. She’s felt really good the whole way through so far, so we feel really lucky about that. Her belly is getting huge – I can’t imagine how big it will be in five more months. We go to the doctor this Friday for our 3D ultrasound, so we should be seeing our baby’s face for the first time. Crazy! We’re very excited, but I have to admit I feel a little freaked out by it. I just hope they look normal, etc. Also, I’ve been trying for months now to imagine a baby that has half of Thao’s features and half of my features, and I just can’t do it. Not that we’ll be able to tell too much from the ultrasound, but it’s going to be very interesting to me to even get an idea of what this little baby is going to look like.
I went today to the U.S. immigration office here to check on getting an immigrant visa for Thao. (You deal with the U.S. Consulate for non-immigrant visas like we tried to get before, and with the immigration office for immigrant visas.) I was going to see if we could go ahead and get her an immigrant visa even though we don’t have any immediate plans to return to the U.S. to live permanently, or even semi-permanently.
But we can’t. You have to have plans to return to the U.S. to live no more than a year out from when you’re applying for the visa. Also, it’s apparently easier to get and you get a longer-term visa (10 years vs. 2 years) if you’ve been married at least two years.
I guess the good news is we’re not in any hurry, so we can just wait until we’ve been married two years – which is actually February 2012. (Our wedding ceremony was December 26, but we did not get our marriage certificate from the Vietnamese government until February 10, 2010.) And even February 2012 only if we have plans to return to the U.S. sometime in the next year after that. Who knows?
I can’t think of anything else that’s going on here. We’re very baby-focused right now, so we’re probably very boring to all of our friends and family. And you know once this kid is born this blog is going to turn into nothing but a baby photo collection. (I’m joking now, but I’m probably really not that far off.)